Retail loss prevention is an advanced sort of security guard career. While traditional physical security is a part of the job there are also strong investigative and business elements associated with the job.
The responsibilities of today’s loss prevention professional goes well beyond the expected physical security, internal theft resolution, shoplifting and shrink to now include safety and risk, organized retail crime, fraud, data protection, crisis management, business continuity, supply chain integrity, mobile technology, e-commerce, and workplace violence, to name a few. Today’s Loss Prevention Professional is both teacher and trainer. One who drives ideas and and influences business while building programs, monitoring compliance and managing the loss prevention function in the ever-changing landscape of the retail industry.
Because it’s a more complex career loss prevention requires more complex training than a traditional security guard role. Many LP professionals enter college criminal justice programs before they enter LP careers.
The Loss Prevention Foundation also offers two online certification programs. Completing these certifications will make you very attractive to employers. These are the LPC and LPQ certifications.
Other helpful certifications include:
- ASIS Security Certification
- CPP – Certified Protection Professional
- PCI – Professional Certified Investigator
- ACFE – Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
- CFE – Certified Fraud Examiner
- CISA – Center for Interviewer Standards and Assessment
- CFI – Certified Forensics Interviewer
Each of these certifications could be an asset to just about any security career.
It also helps to find a school which participates in the Academic and Retail Partnership Program. This can give you an edge when it comes time to seek a job, since this program works with major retail outlets to place freshly trained LP professionals.
Normal security experience is also an asset to an LP career, so don’t be afraid to take on standard security guard jobs as you complete your degree and certifications. It’ll give you an edge as you seek LP employment.
The security field is so great because it’s wide open. There are so many opportunities! Where will you take your career?